After their two and a half days of minicamp practices, the Chicago Bears have decided to add tight end Tony Moeaki to their 90 man roster according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. Moeaki was attending minicamp on a try out basis along with a few other veterans, but with the team's attempts to bolster the tight end position this offseason, Moeaki made the most sense. Since the Bears only had 89 players signed to their roster, no corresponding move was necessary.
Moeaki played his college ball at Iowa and he is from nearby Wheaton, Illinois, having attended Wheaton-Warrenville South high school. The Bears are his 5th NFL team after being a 3rd round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010. His rookie season was actually his best, as he caught 47 balls for 556 yards and 3 touchdowns. For his career he has totaled 91 receptions, 1,201 yards and 6 TDs.
Injuries have been an issue for him in the past, so much so that Rotoworld took a shot at his chances at making the 53 man roster.
The Bears have been searching for help for a thin tight end group, but Moeaki will only provide it until he suffers a soft-tissue injury in camp. He's a major long-shot to crack the 53-man roster.
The 29 year old, 6'3", 252 pounder will probably compete for a back up spot behind Zach Miller. He's not a road grading type of run blocker, but he may be a better blocker than the other young TEs on the roster. he also has special teams experience which will help his chances to stick.
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